Book Review: Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives by Anne Michaud

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Book Review:  Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives by Anne MichaudWhy They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives by Anne Michaud
Published by Oguquit-NY Press on March 20th 2017
Genres: Non-Fiction
Pages: 279
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"Why They Stay" explores the possible reasoning and motivation of wives who stay after their politician-husbands cheat.
Hillary Clinton couldn't have known in 1998 how her husband’s high-profile philandering would play out. Would he be rehabilitated in the public eye? She couldn’t be sure, but she took the gamble. Had she left the marriage, today she might be the spurned wife of a retired politician instead of the first American woman to head a major party ticket.
Looking back on the path chosen by the nine political wives profiled in this book, we have the evidence to see a pattern—as old as the dynastic maneuverings of England’s medieval queens. The women married to the “royalty” of our times—politicians—make similar cold calculations in order to hold onto their “thrones” and their family’s history-making potential.
After covering politicians for decades, acclaimed columnist Anne Michaud switched her gaze to the women behind the cheating men. Drawing from multiple sources that span the Roosevelts’ marriage to the more recent scandal involving Hillary Clinton’s closest aide Huma Abedin (wife of “sexter,” Anthony Weiner), "Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives" argues that when it comes to the “power behind the throne,” women in the limelight weigh the risks and rewards. They remain loyal to their men, because of complex, often unconscious forces.From mapping a path to power to laudable notions of holding the family together, Michaud examines the uniquely challenging Faustian bargains that political wives grapple with, even as the public spotlight illuminates their every move.

 

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, unless we count cookbooks, which I love! Politics I especially work to stay away from. But this is intriguing so I could not pass it up!

The synopsis says it all. The author looks into the lives of women that have been changed by the men who cheated on them. Many of these men were downright ridiculous!  There are reasons that women stay though, and not just to look like a loving wife.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book where she takes the life of The White Princess and shows what women in politics choose to do when they stay by their man. She compares all of the women to The White Princess and uses her as a sort of starting point.

And that’s not all. There is a ton of history here, not only about the parties involved, but their families as well and the questions of why they turned out the way they did. How these people were raised and what they were used to, from childhood. It is a fascinating look at psychology and what parents can do to their children and what those children, in turn, wind up doing to create the same battles.

Highly entertaining, although at the beginning a little redundant. There were also a lot of family members for some of these families and since I am not a history buff it was hard to keep up. Fortunately the author uses the detail of each family to explain the why’s behind everything they do.

The information is fascinating but would not normally be my cup of tea. Stuck with the read because of the women she added in. They are all intelligent, strong, independent women, making their stories even more fascinating.

In short: A very interesting read. Thoroughly researched!

 

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.2 / 5

 

 

 

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